Caste protests hit Mumbai

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MUMBAI (AFP) – Demonstrators from India’s lowest caste blocked roads and railways across Mumbai yesterday in protest against violence involving Hindu nationalist groups at an event commemorating a 200-year-old battle. Members of the Dalit community obstructed roads, damaged buses and marched down railway tracks. Some schools and business opted to close as a precaution while Dabbawalas cancelled their services. The protests came in response to violence which broke out at a ceremony in a village near Pune in Maharashtra state on Monday, leaving one man dead.

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